Rafael Nadal: "Great respect for Simone Biles' decision"

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Rafael Nadal: "Great respect for Simone Biles' decision"

Rafael Nadal has managed to have a very long career at the highest levels. He made it also thanks to his resilience and his mental strength: it is no coincidence that Rafa, one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, has also based his career on his mental strength and his will, today we talk about much of management of pressure and mental problems.

The former world number 1, who played his last match at the Roland Garros, is preparing to come back to the court at the ATP in Washington this week. After the defeat in the semifinals in Paris against Novak Djokovic, the physicist forced the Iberian to stop for two months to recharge his batteries and avoid injuries.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion therefore gave up on both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which crowned Alexander Zverev in the final over Karen Khachanov. The 35-year-old from Manacor will make his debut against host Jack Sock, who has shown signs of recovery in recent months.

Rafa's goal is to be in 100% form for the start of the US Open, where he will hunt for his fifth title. In a press conference before his Washington debut, Nadal addressed the delicate issue of mental health. This topic took center stage during the Tokyo Games, mainly due to the experiences of Naomi Osaka and gymnast Simone Biles.

Rafael Nadal's words on Simone Biles

Rafa said: "I have the utmost respect for Simone Biles' decision. When you have struggled all your life to make your dreams come true, there can be times when you don't feel ready.

Simone has achieved extraordinary results during his career and I am sure he will soon be back to his best. If she doesn't feel like it right now or she doesn't have the spirit to compete, why should she be forced to?" Rafa also returned to his renunciation of Wimbledon and the Olympics: “My body made that decision.

If I had been able to choose freely, I would never have missed two such important dates. I had a foot problem after Roland Garros and I couldn't train for 20 days."